Campfire Tales, How “Cabin Twelve” was Born

“Cabin Twelve” wasn’t the first story that I wrote for the NGHW Campfire Tales challenge. I started with an entirely different concept about a lake monster that lured victims into the deep using the reanimated bodies of its previous kills. While I still think there is a good story lurking in there somewhere, no matter how many iterations I went through, it never felt right for the challenge that had been set. I wanted to end my story by giving the reader a sense of danger, as if their fate could be the next one told in hushed voices around the fire.

In the end, I scrapped that text (not really, never really—I save everything) and went back to what I knew best. Horror writing allows me to confront my own fears from real life in a safe, secure environment. I drew on my own experiences as a camp counselor to write “Cabin Twelve.”

There are stories more horrifying than those told around the fire to scare the kids. Counselors really don’t tell the campers about the real dangers: drowning, injury, exposure, loss. We want to frighten them, but only with things in the realm of the impossible. The true horror stories of camp are those of children’s lives cut short. As a counselor, my biggest fear was for the safety of the children under my care. I wanted to bring that out of the shadows in “Cabin Twelve.”

Campfire stories always have an element of the unexplained, a bump in the night, a monster that comes from shadows, things that should be dead, but persist. This spurred the idea of featuring the children that had died at camp through the years but somehow stick around. Once I had a group of children, I loved the idea of them all staying in a ghostly cabin just like the other campers.

I fell in love with the kids from “Cabin Twelve.” I want to work with them more, show more of their story. I think they lend themselves to a horror/comedy setting. Maybe I’ll write a series of short fiction that follows these strange, grim children through their immortal childhoods.


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You’ve been invited to a very special night of Campfire Tales, hosted by HorrorAddicts.net. Meet us at Old Bear Creek, just past Dead Man’s Curve. Dress warm. We’ll be waiting.

Four scary tales told by Next Great Horror Writer finalists and woven together by a trek through the woods you’ll never forget.

“Cabin Twelve” by Daphne Strasert
When a camp counselor goes on patrol, she finds an extra cabin in the woods that no one knows about…or do they?

“The Face” by Naching T. Kassa
An ailing mother and her daughter are terrorized by a disembodied face.

“When the Wind Leaves a Whisper” by Jess Landry
Girl Scouts in the 40s experience a frightening occurrence in the woods.

“Goose Meadows” by Harry Husbands
Two friends out drinking at night discover the real horrors of Goose Meadows.

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Crescendo of Darkness Tour: While My Guitar Gently Bleeds

Crescendo of Darkness from HorrorAddicts.net Press.

“While My Guitar Gently Bleeds” by Benjamin Langley
A rock musician is visited by an undead band member and forced to pay for his crimes against rock ‘n’ roll.

Benjamin shares his thoughts about his story with us below.

Of all the stories I have written and submitted, none have spent as much time under consideration with editors as ‘While My Guitar Gently Bleeds.’ Finally it has found its home in Crescendo of Darkness and I couldn’t be happier.

The first place it was submitted was to a university tutor. This story was one of two I handed in for a second-year short story writing module. Given the way that horror was frowned upon, it wasn’t as well received as the literary story that accompanied it. (‘I Am Roadkill,’ published by Flash Fiction Magazine in 2015.) Why did I write quirky horror story about aging (and undead) rockers for a tutor I knew wouldn’t like it? It was the story I wanted to write at the time, and was never a fan of playing it safe.

The first time I sent it out seeking publication it was shortlisted from more than 500 submissions. Eventually, it did not make the cut, but the fact that had been close brought me comfort. I took it back in gave it a polish, and sent it on its way again. A number of editors seemed to like it, but claimed it didn’t quite fit and I could see their point. Yet again I took it into the workshop, and gave it another going over. It was changed from present tense to past, which seemed to give it more of an edge. Key parts of the story where slowed down, allowing for tension to build. Extraneous parts of the text were cut away. The story of former band-mates Dallas McCann and Tyler Gunn was stronger, scarier, and dare I say, gorier.

I was sure that when I sent it out again, to a well-selected publication, they would be sure to take it.

Not so. But again, it was close. I got one of those rejections that made me feel positive, that made me feel like I was getting somewhere. The rejection note stated that they had to cut some stories that they loved. The final line was great: “We’re sorry for sitting on it for so long, but these last few cuts caused us real pain.”

I knew the story was good; the trouble was that it was rather niche. Imagine my absolute joy when I saw the submission call for Crescendo of Darkness, an anthology seeking to combine horror and music. Perfect. So I sent the story, and again had to suffer the agonising wait.

Finally it was accepted. I was elated. Every time I see the cover to the anthology I think about what a perfect fit the story is. I can’t wait to get hold of my own copy now, and I’m looking forward to hearing readers’ reactions.

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Let music unlock your fear within.

HorrorAddicts.net Presents: Crescendo of Darkness

Music has the power to soothe the soul, drive people to obsession, and soundtrack evil plots. Is music the instigator of madness, or the key that unhinges the psychosis within? From guitar lessons in a graveyard and a baby allergic to music, to an infectious homicidal demo and melancholy tunes in a haunted lighthouse, Crescendo of Darkness will quench your thirst for horrifying audio fiction.

HorrorAddicts.net is proud to present fourteen tales of murderous music, demonic performers, and cursed audiophiles.

Crescendo of Darkness includes:

“Audition” by Naching T. Kassa

This could be a guitarist’s ticket to the big time, if he survives auditioning in a ghoul-protected graveyard.

“Circe’s Music Shop” by A. Craig Newman

A music store owner, who won’t be bullied into submission, teaches two hitmen the meaning of pain.

“Last Lullaby” by Emerian Rich

An opera diva is haunted by a dangerous secret which threatens to end her career and her life.

“Loved to Death” by Sam Morgan Phillips

Death explores his dream of being a rock star, but can’t avoid his purpose when a young woman forces him to live up to his destiny.

“The Music Box” by Daphne Strasert
When a mom finds her childhood music box, she unleashes a tragic horror on her family, dooming them to repeat history.

“While My Guitar Gently Bleeds” by Benjamin Langley
A rock musician is visited by an undead band member and forced to pay for his crimes against rock ‘n’ roll.

“Six String Bullets” by Cara Fox

The pull of a busker’s song becomes too much for a young woman to resist.

“Lighthouse Lamentation” by R.A. Goli

A lighthouse keeper helps a mysterious guest, but the stranger’s haunting sea shanty might drive him mad.

“Solomon’s Piano” by Jeremy Megargee

A grieving husband builds an unnatural piano, but can his music raise the dead?

“They Don’t Make Music Like That Anymore” by Kahramanah

A musician’s obsession with creating a masterpiece leads to him discover why they don’t make music like that anymore.

“Become the Music” by H.E. Roulo

A cellist would do anything for her child, even give up music, but that might not be enough to stop a curse from consuming her baby.

“Keep the Beat” by Calvin Demmer

A young girl questions why her tribe plays the djembe drums every night and finds it may be more than just a tradition.

“The Legend of Crimson Ivory” by Sarah Gribble

An audiophile finds a legendarily sinister demo at a used record store and decides to play it, despite his friends’ warnings.

“A Whisper in the Air” by Jeremiah Donaldson

Employees at a job find solace in playing music on break, but a haunted melody draws in more than just new musicians.

Check out the Crescendo of Darkness blog tour!

May

15 Press release & Blog Tour Announced horroraddicts.net
16 Sneak peek at: “Audition” http://www.cerebralwriter.com
17 Press Release http://www.emzbox.com
18 Sneak peek at: “Whisper in the Air” http://patrickcgreene.com
19 Sneak peek at: “Loved to Death” http://davemstrom.wordpress.com
20 Inspiration for “While My Guitar Gently Bleeds” horroraddicts.net
21 Announcement of BayCon event horroraddicts.net
22 Inspiration for “Circe’s Music Shop” horroraddicts.net
23 Inspiration for “Last Lullaby” horroraddicts.net
24 Inspiration for “Become the Music horroraddicts.net
25 Inspiration for “Keep the Beat” horroraddicts.net
26 Inspiration for “Six String Bullets” horroraddicts.net
27 Live Panel at BayCon horroraddicts.net
28 Sneak peek at: “Circe’s Music Shop” www.acraignewman.com
29 Sneak peek at: “Six String Bullets” http://skewednotions.com/
30 Sneak peek at: “Last Lullaby” http://www.emzbox.com
31 Sneak peek at: “Lighthouse Lamentation” https://ragoliauthor.wordpress.com

June

1 Sneak peek at: “They Don’t Make Music Like That Anymore” http://firefly465.wordpress.com/
2 Sneak peek at: “While My Guitar Gently Bleeds” https://benjaminlangleywriter.wordpress.com/
3 Sneak peek at: “Solomon’s Piano” hauntjaunts.net
4 Sneak peek at: “Become the Music” heatherroulo.com
5 Sneak peek at: “The Legend of Crimson Ivory” http://www.JaimeJohnesee.com
6 Sneak peek at: “The Music Box” http://infernalclock.blogspot.co.uk/
7 Sneak peek at: “Keep the Beat” http://selahjanel.wordpress.com/
8 The music influence of “Last Lullaby” sweetdreamsnovel.com
9 Two music shorts. http://richandroulo.wordpress.com/
10 Announcement of Live Chat horroraddicts.net
15 SL Party announced! horroraddicts.net
30 SL Party! Live readings online. horroraddicts.net

July

1 Live Chat about Crescendo of Darkness http://writerschatroom.com

 

Crescendo of Darkness

Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson

Cover by Carmen Masloski

HorrorAddicts.net Press

 

Let music unlock your fear within.

HorrorAddicts.net 135, Suzanne Madron

HA tagHorror Addicts Episode# 135
SEASON 11!
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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loren rhoads, gild the morn, the veil

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HorrorAddicts.net 134, Loren Rhoads

HA tagHorror Addicts Episode# 134
SEASON 11!
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Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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loren rhoads, gild the morn, the veil

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Scary Rooms – USA Today

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Underground Plague Pits

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Halloween Carol Bonus
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Once Upon a Scream- special edition pack

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“Broken Pieces” by Valentine Wolfe

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HorrorAddicts.net 131, Valerie Kinney

HA tagHorror Addicts Episode# 131
SEASON 11!
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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valerie kinney, scream machine, witches of east end

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84 days till halloween

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Once Upon a Scream- special edition pack

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“Broken Pieces” by Valentine Wolfe

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HorrorAddicts.net 129, JH Moncrieff

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Horror Addicts Episode# 129
SEASON 11

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Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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jh moncrieff | friday the 13th series season 1 | vampire tv songs

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Horror Addicts Episode# 129
SEASON 11

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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jh moncrieff | friday the 13th series season 1 | vampire tv songs

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113 days till halloween

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Valentine Wolfe Vid:

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Once Upon a Scream- special edition pack

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